Candida Albicans: New Insights in Infection, Disease, and Treatment

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Candida albicans is commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract, oral cavity, and genital area as a harmless commensal. Based on recent studies in healthy individuals, asymptomatic oral carriage of Candida species is estimated to occur in 24–70% of children and adults, with a reduced frequency in babies less than 1 year of age (Table 5.1). Of isolates identified, the majority are C. albicans (38–76% in adults and children). Again, the frequency of C. albicans differs across different age groups, with a far greater proportion of isolates identified as C. albicans in young babies and in the elderly (Table 5.1). Higher oral carriage rates are found in HIV positive patients (Sanchez-Vargas et al., 2005a; Liu et al., 2006) and diabetics (Belazi et al., 2005).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Insights in Medical Mycology
EditorsKevin Kavanagh
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781402063978
ISBN (Print)9781402063961
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2007


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